Dr. Scott R. Whittemore awarded the University “2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Career Achievement in Research”
Dr. Scott R. Whittemore, Director of KSCIRC was awarded the University of Louisville “2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Career Achievement in Research”. The award was presented by Dr. Toni Ganzel, Dean of the School of Medicine, during the inaugural ceremony held in the Abell Administration building. A total of 11 Faculty Excellence Awards were presented for Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, Service and Education.
Since his PhD and Postdoctoral work in the 1980’s, Dr. Whittemore’s publications have received more than 12,500 citations, including two very high-profile papers on nerve growth factors that have received more than 500 citations each. He has been a leader in the field of stem cell biology since the early 1990’s and laid the groundwork for decades of work by numerous labs on neural precursor fate determination and growth factor directed neurogenesis. In addition, work from the Whittemore lab helped to define what could and could not be accomplished using oligodendrocyte precursors transplanted into the spinal cord after contusive or other demyelinating lesions. Finally, his most recent work has focused on critical cell functions that govern cellular protein homeostasis (“proteostasis”) demonstrating that disruptions in this fundamental feature of cell, tissue and organ health are part of the battle we are all fighting to bring about improved function after spinal cord injury and other forms of neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases. We congratulate Dr. Whittemore for his outstanding contributions over the past 40 years and for the Career Achievement in Research Award.